Arrive Early to See and Do More
Arriving early is especially important if you’re pressed for time and it is one of my top tips for visiting the San Diego Zoo during peak season.
The zoo can get busy (though nothing like the crowds you’ll encounter at theme parks) so get there when it opens and take the 35-minute bus tour first (when available) to avoid the lines that will start to form later in the day.
Plan Your Visit on a Weekday
As is the case with many San Diego attractions, weekdays at the San Diego Zoo are less crowded than weekends. Keep in mind that crowds on weekdays may be largely made up of young school children on field trips. This is especially true if visiting during Kids Free October, where weekends are subject to wait times due to current reduced capacity and increased health and safety measures.
Take the Guided Bus Tour First
The 35-minute guided bus tour that takes you around the perimeter of the zoo is included in the price of regular admission.
It’s a nice way to start a San Diego Zoo visit if it’s your first visit because you’ll get a feel for the layout of the zoo and learn some interesting animal facts along the way
Look at the Schedule Before You Go
There’s an ever-changing roster of neat and interesting happenings at the San Diego Zoo, so be sure to check the schedule of events and the animal feedings for the day of your visit.